Shrewsbury Historical Society
“County Atlases and Maps as Historical Resources”
Speaker: Tom Kelleher
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Shrewsbury Historical Society's 1830 Brick Schoolhouse on the Town Common (Church Road)
Free and open to the public
Questions? Call Erik at 1-774-230-5826
About the Presentation:
Listen to a brief history of map-making in 19th century America, along with illustrated tips on how to use these often overlooked yet readily available resources to research local history. The presentation will also highlight a map of Shrewsbury from 1870 and resources at the library at Old Sturbridge Village.
About the Presenter:
Tom Kelleher is currently Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. In almost thirty years at that premier living history museum, he has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian, program coordinator, and managed staff training. Tom has researched and developed dozens of historic characters and programs, which he has presented at scores of museums, schools, and historical societies around the country. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history and education from Western Connecticut State College, and a Master's degree in history from the University of Connecticut. His writings on history.and museum-related topics have been published in journals, books and popular magazines.
About the Shrewsbury Historical Society:
The Shrewsbury Historical Society was organized on January 7, 1898, and incorporated on June 23, 1902. It maintains its Meeting Hall and Museum in the 1830 Brick Schoolhouse on the Town Common (Church Road).
“The purpose of the Society shall be to keep alive and increase interest in the history of the Town of Shrewsbury; to collect and preserve items of special value, traditions, and curiosities; to encourage general public interest in its work; and to maintain such personal properties and real estate that may come under the control of the Society”.
The History of Shrewsbury not only reflects the History of America, it has had influence upon it. An appreciation for this history and a sense of community pride impel the Historical Society to honor the past and the role that Shrewsbury people have played in it.
The Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum and Store in the Brick Schoolhouse on the Common, is open Saturdays from September through May, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (closed holiday weekends) and is free of charge.
New members are always welcome. To download a membership form, go to